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Shattered Sword: The Japanese Story of the Battle of Midway
Shattered Sword: The Japanese Story of the Battle of Midway
by Jonathan Parshall
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.37

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written Narrative, Fine Analysis, 25 Dec 2005
Much has been written about the Battle of Midway; gripping stuff with Hell-divers arcing out of the sun and tales of tardy scout-planes and missed messages upon which the battle turned. What there has been precious little of is decent analysis based on clear timelines and an analysis of the actual capabilities of the combatants, especially from the Japanese side. This book corrects that. Starting from an appreciation of Japanese carrier operations, and especially the mechanics of setting up an air mission, and using the historical record the authors describe the battle in detail and in the process demolish many myths that have grown up around it. The battle is placed not only in its tactical, but its strategic context and the reasons for its outcome are shown to lie less in chance and more in operational planning, Japanese doctrine and the command philosophy of the Imperial Japanese Navy. If you are interested in Midway then read this.
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Saving Private Ryan [DVD] [1998]
Saving Private Ryan [DVD] [1998]
Dvd ~ Tom Hanks
Price: £3.00

11 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Official Review is Rubbish, 28 Dec 2003
Saving Private Ryan is based on a World War two story, not something from the American Civil War. The film includes a reading from a letter dating from the ACW, which is probably where the official reviewer got all lost and confused. The real story was of four brothers, 2 killed in action, 1 missing over New Guinea and one a paratrooper with the US 101st Airborne dropped on D-Day. In reality they went and got the man out, though the historical record shows that he didn't want to go, which is exactly as portrayed in the film.
The film itself is a masterpiece of realism and gritty action. From the initial landing on Omaha beach through the last action at the bridge, it grips you and does not let go. You care about the characters and agonise at the ease with which they are felled by a bullet. Saving Private Ryan has become the benchmark against which all other war films are measured, a must for a DVD collection.


Twelve Days in May
Twelve Days in May
by Brian Cull
Edition: Paperback

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Direct Hit!, 14 Aug 2002
This review is from: Twelve Days in May (Paperback)
Twelve Days in May is a detailed account of the Royal Air Force in the air battle for Northern France during the German blitzkrieg. Other allied air forces activities, where relevant to the developing situation in the RAF's area of operations, are covered, as is the German perspective. But the book is mainly about the Hawker Hurricanes of the British squadrons deployed to France. Within these parameters the work is meticulous, with a day by day presentation of the action, broken down by unit and interspersed with excerpts from the actual flying logs of the period. Details are not glossed over, with individual units; aircraft and pilots identified and tables showing both claimed kills and actual Luftwaffe losses for each day.
Put simply; if you want an unsummarised account of this air campaign then look no further. Twelve Days in May takes thorough research and presents so that it loses no detail but still provides a sense of the fighting as it developed day by day. Both an invaluable reference and a cracking read!


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